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Softball Falls to Pitt-Bradford in AMCC Softball Championship Winner’s Bracket Game

FROSTBURG, MD - No. 3 Pitt-Bradford handed No. 1 Frostburg State a 6-2 loss in the winner’s bracket championship game of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Softball Championship Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Field.

Pitt-Bradford (19-6) remains the lone undefeated team in the tournament (2-0) and will await the winner of tomorrow’s loser’s bracket championship game between Frostburg State (25-12) and Penn State Altoona (18-18) scheduled for 9:00 am.

The FSU-PSA winner would have to beat Pitt-Bradford twice to win the title. The first championship game is scheduled for 11:30 am, with the second game to follow if needed.

Pitt-Bradford, which won the AMCC title last year as the tournament’s No. 3 seed, and Frostburg State battled through a scoreless tie through five innings.

The Panthers finally broke through with a single run in the top of the sixth on back-to-back two-out doubles by freshman Shannon Keane and sophomore Kristin Malone.

UPB then blew the game open with five unearned runs in the seventh. With one out, freshman Kristy Zavinski drew a walk before junior Cassandra Walker reached on an infield error. A wild pitch moved runners to second and third, and Zavinksi beat the throw home on a fielder’s choice by freshman Catrina Retterer.

After sacrificing both runners over, the Panthers followed with three singles and a double to take control.

The Bobcats scored twice in the seventh to avoid the shutout. Freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) doubled with one out and later scored on a single by sophomore Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River). Savoye then came home on a double by senior Lindsey Secrest (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport).

Senior Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) allowed six runs – but just one earned – on 10 hits. She struck out four and walked one in her school-record 18th complete game of the year.

Zavinski scattered six hits and allowed two earned runs while striking out three in the complete-game win.

Keane went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Malone finished 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Potts and Savoye each had two hits for Frostburg State.

"Pitt-Bradford beat us fair and square in this game," said Bobcat head coach Chris Starke. "They pounded the ball, made several spectacular defensive plays and got a great effort from Zavinski. We played well and hit the ball hard almost every time, but our hits seemed to be right at people. You have to give credit to Pitt-Bradford for their effort.

"Now it’s time for us to regroup, go out tomorrow and play hard like we have all season. We know we’ve got to win three in a row to take home the title, and we’ll simply take it one out at a time."

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780